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On a Clear Winter’s Day, You Can See the Landfill From Here

January 4, 2012

I know it sounds like the start of a great joke or the title of a novel, but it’s not. The following is a true story:

It was such an awe-inspiring sight. As I rounded the last stretch of Cooper’s walk around our little neighborhood, I glanced over and saw what I thought was a new mountain I’d never paid attention to before. Living in the Willamette (you know you’re pronouncing that word right when it rhymes with “dammit”) Valley, it’s not unusual to see mountain ranges around me, but this one seemed to have a sheen to it. And a grid of bumps.

As we continued to walk, I studied the mountain and realized that I saw what looked like tires and equipment. And then it hit me: this glorious view in the distance was the county landfill.

The county landfill is just over 4 miles from my house by car or about 3 miles as the crow flies. I never once thought we were close enough to actually see it.

But that does explain the source of the smell that wafts through the neighborhood every once in a while.


View from the hill where I first spotted the new mountain

A little closer look -- with a view of the park just behind the green house

Closest view of the landfill I could manage with my telephoto lens

Thankfully, my house isn't actually in direct line with the landfill. It's actually off to the edge (you can just barely see the roofline under the red arrow)

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